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Private Richd Kinford

Waterloo 200


Captain & Bt.Major Richard Llewellyn's Company

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Submitted by: Lucy Cross

Date added: 19 Jun 2015

Richard Kinford, also known as Kinver or Kingford, was born in Cornwall around 1782. According to his service papers, Richard was born 1780 or 1784 in a place called St. Neagle or St. Neigle, near Launceston, Cornwall. This could be a mis-spelling of Treneglos, or could be some small hamlet or spot near Week St Mary, as in a later census he says he was born there. Perhaps the information was not clear as someone trying to write down what Richard said in his strong Cornish accent, or perhaps Richard did not know where he was born. Richard must have felt that a life in the army was better than either life as a miner, fisherman or labourer – the three main options for men in Cornwall at that time – if they had no access to an apprenticeship. In his service papers, he was originally retained on 18th August 1803 until 24th June 1806, then on the 21st July 1806 he joined the 28th Foot in Galway, Ireland. From there, he travelled with the regiment to Canada. His regimental register taken in Canada on 1807 described Richard as 5 foot 5 and a half tall, long in body, with a fair complexion, grey eyes and brown hair. He was a labourer in the army at that time. Richard stayed in the army until 1825, finally leaving on 29th September. The reason for his discharge was “being worn out” having served in total 24 years and 17 days. His service included the Napoleonic Wars and he is included on the Waterloo Medal Roll, in the 28th Regiment of Foot, in the sub unit: Captain & Bt.Major Richard Llewellyn's Company. Having left the army, Richard must have travelled around a little before settling in Northlew, Devon where he married Susanna Downe on 4th November 1828. By the time of the 1841 census, they had moved, with their family, to Treneglos, Cornwall and they were still there in 1851. In 1851 Richard is described as a “pensioner and labourer”. Richard died in September 1857, and was buried at Treneglos on 29th September 1857, having been living in the “poor house”.
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